Three-quarters of employers support extending paid bereavement leave to close family members, CIPD research finds

Three-quarters (75%) of employers support extending Jack’s Law to allow employees grieving close family leave to take paid time off, CIPD research finds.

The conclusion comes as the CIPD, the professional body for human resources and people development, yesterday co-hosted a parliamentary event with Patricia Gibson, MP of MPs and Lords, to discuss Patricia’s Bill on bereavement leave and compensation, which will have its second reading on March 18. 2022.

Jack’s Law is a legal right to bereavement leave and compensation for working parents who lose a child under the age of 18, but no such right currently exists for those who lose a member of their family. close family. The two weeks of paid parental bereavement leave are available to employees with 26 weeks of continuous service with their employer and average weekly earnings above the lower earnings limit (earning on average at least £120 per week before tax).

The extension of the right would mean that employees who suffer the loss of an immediate family member – including a parent, child or partner, whether by blood, adoption or marriage/partner – would have also entitled to two weeks of paid leave to work.

Claire McCartney, Senior Resources and Inclusion Advisor at CIPD, comments:

“Employees who have experienced close family bereavement will need time to come to terms with what has happened and are very unlikely to be able to perform well at work if they are forced to return too quickly. So that many organizations provide paid bereavement leave to support employees at one of the most difficult times in their lives, this is far from universal and extending the legal provision is likely to give employees the time and the space to grieve rather than worry about paying bills and financial worries.”

The ICPD also found:

  • 80% of employers provide paid bereavement leave to immediate family members
  • The most common length of paid leave is 3-5 days (40%), followed by 1-2 days (14%). Just over one in ten (12%) offer 2 weeks of paid vacation.
With Lucy Herd, founder of Jack’s Rainbow, the CIPD in July 2020 launched guidance for employers on the importance of bereavement support.

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